The Third Annual Blue & Green Festival for the Restoration of Back Creek will take place on Saturday, October 1 from 11 am to 3 pm at St. Luke’s Eastport, 1101 Bay Ridge Avenue, Annapolis. (Rain Date: Saturday, October 8)
All proceeds of the festival will benefit the St. Luke’s Restoration of Nature Project, which is transforming degraded woodlands and wetlands into restored habitat to showcase best management practices for stormwater treatment. The completed project will include a regenerative stormwater conveyance, living shoreline, and tidal marsh, along with an educational trail to make this restored green space accessible to the community.
Local sponsors of the festival include Annapolis Subaru, Watergate Pointe, and Eastport Plaza.
- Free admission
- Live music by Hangman’s Faire, the Weems Creek Jammers, and the Annapolis Morning Song Circle (directed by Elizabeth Melvin).
- Blessing of the Animals at 11:00 a.m.
- Activities and games for children
- Interactive environmental exhibits provided by the Watershed Stewards Academy, Interfaith Partners of the Chesapeake, and other local environmental organizations
- Bay friendly raffle prizes
- SPCA Pet Adoption
- Tours of the Restoration of Nature Project
- Big bake sale and hot dog stand
- Labyrinth walks at the Eastport Memorial Labyrinth
About the Restoration of Nature Project:
Construction will begin in fall 2016 on St. Luke’s comprehensive watershed restoration initiative on Back Creek in Annapolis. The project is enabled by two grant awards from Maryland’s Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund totaling $1,115,770 and our implementation partners, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and Underwood & Associates. St. Luke’s raised matching funds through St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church Mission Grants, Severn River Association, Unity Gardens, Willis Bilderback Memorial, Annapolis Subaru, Watergate Pointe, and church fundraisers in support of its Bay restoration project.
The project will treat 28 acres of stormwater in support of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s goals for clean water, habitat for flora and fauna, quality community green space, and accessible best management practices that promote environmental stewardship. St. Luke’s is supported in this work by RiverWise Congregations, a partnership working to involve communities of faith in watershed restoration, which includes Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy, and Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake.
About the Environmental Education Campus:
The final phase of the project will be the creation of an environmental education campus to enable school children, community members, and other organizations to learn about what they can do to help restore their own local watersheds. Funded in part by a grant from the United Thank Offering (a program of The Episcopal Church), construction of the campus is set to begin in Spring 2017.